Councillor David Barton has been in talks with council officers to have the stone urns and wooden planters cleaned up in the Lord Street gardens.

The urns on the east side pavements of Lord St have turned orange and need cleaning and the planters need staining to protect against the elements.

Councillor Barton said: “I have been speaking to the relevant council departments to try and arrange for the urns to be cleaned.

“It is not a question of simply jet-washing them because too much of this kind of process can permanently damage them.

“One possible plan is to trial the cleansing of the urns once and then, if it works, perhaps settle on two or three times a year.

“Apparently the colouring is caused because a sump hole is needed in the urns to allow for drainage and this is unavoidable.”

Councillor Barton also revealed that the issue of the planters had been discussed at an In Bloom steering group meeting and plans are underway to help with this probem.

For more information please contact David Barton on 0151 934 2061 or

Editor’s Notes: Councillor Barton was elected as a Conservative councillor in May 2014. He was born and raised in Southport and represents the Dukes ward covering West Birkdale and the town centre.

If you would like to speak to him about this or any other issue he holds surgeries for residents every third Saturday of the month at the Atkinson Arts Centre on Lord Street to assist residents with any local issues or neighbourhood concerns. Dukes Ward covers the Western part of Birkdale and Hillside along with the town centre itself.

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